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Best of CLAHRC Wessex - Highlights from 5 years of applied health research

30 September 2019

Collaboration has always been at the heart of CLAHRC Wessex’ work – the clue is in the name given to us by our funding body, the National Institute for Health Research: the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRC). 


As NIHR CLAHRC Wessex, we have built capacity and infrastructure to carry out research responsive to the needs of local health providers and community partners. We have for example built a thriving data science hub which has worked across the whole research programme and using operational research   together with other methods been responsive to the questions raised by our NHS and social care providers. In our programme of research we have brought together patients and the public, NHS service providers, commissioners, universities, local authorities, charities and third sector organisations with researchers, to work on collaborative projects to bring research evidence into everyday practice. Our aim throughout has been to improve the health of the population, work with the community as a resource and  focus on the  provision of health and social care so that it is equitable, appropriate and sustainable.


Working at the boundaries of research and service provision can be challenging, but also extremely rewarding. As a collaboration of people from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, we are pleased to highlight some of the best work we have done together. With our colleagues and public contributors, we have worked hard to translate research evidence into practice and improve health and care in Wessex.


We are delighted to be able to share the results of some of our projects and their impact so far.


Prof. Anne Rogers 

Director, 2014-2019



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